An Ocean Apart, a World Away by Lensey Namioka

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While most 16-year-old girls are planning their weddings, Xueyan, known as Yanyan, has no interest at all in marriage. She is fascinated by medicine. In China in 1921, women rarely attend university, let alone medical school. Still, Yanyan is determined to become a doctor. But Yanyan’s feelings about marriage change when she meets Liang Baoshu.

An outstanding scholar and martial arts student, Baoshu is passionate and dangerous. He is determined to rid China of the foreigners who occupy it and restore power to the Manchu dynasty. Life with him would be an adventure. But when Yanyan realizes that being with Baoshu would also mean sacrificing her dream of becoming a doctor, she faces the most difficult decision of her life. And her choice leads to an entirely new adventure an ocean away in America—where Yanyan is the foreigner.

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About Lensey Namioka

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Lensey Namioka is the author of Ties that Bind, Ties that Break and its companion, An Ocean Apart, a World Away; as well as four books about theYang family, including Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear and Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family. The author lives in Seattle, WA.From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 210 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I did hear there were Chinks at the university.” Despite these narrative flaws, Yanyan emerges as a highly sympathetic character for whom the reader will find herself rooting as she picks her way through her internal doubts and the obstacles set before her by both Chinese and American cultures.

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Picking up where Ties That Bind, Ties That Break left off, this novel opens in 1921 China where Ailin is about to set sail for America, and Yanyan, who narrates here, dreams of becoming a doctor.

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